Thursday, August 30, 2001

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 30, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS THURSDAY August 2001 14 pages in 2 sections V1 pages in SCCCK HERALDZEITUNG 250 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents County lifts burn ban in wake of recent rainfall Learn before you burn Anyone wishing to bum brush or debris should notify county dispatch at RAINFALL SINCE SUNDAY Spring Branch inches Bracken inches Fischer 3 inches Canyon Dam inches New Braunfels Municipal inches STATE BURN RULES STILL IN EFFECT No unattended Burns must start no earli er than one hour after dawn and can continue no later than one hour before All approved burns must be completed the day they are BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Comal County lifted its burn ban early Wednesday to allow residents in unin corporated areas an oppor tunity to burn brush piles or other debris while the ground beneath is still County Judge Danny Scheel said he took the action to help residents who had been piling brush through out the dry We lifted it this morning to give the people an oppor tunity to take advantage of the moisture and eliminate any brush piles they Scheel We recognize that theres a need to clear the county declined to lift the ban because of concerns that a little bit of rain could create a false sense of The Texas Forest Service asked county officials to hold off on lifting the But many residents called officials this seeking Growing pains Peter and Paul Catholic School feeling crunched for room BY MARTIN MALACARA Staff Writer New Braunfels is not the only one looking for a lit tle more Peter and Paul Catholic School Principal Sister Geraldine Bienek said she considered the schools expansion efforts the main challenge this new Students returned to the Catholic school about two weeks ahead of their public school counter Not all the class es are bursting at the seams Sister Geraldine Bienek school principal Bienek said the school needed two more class rooms to accommodate growing fourth and fifth grade The schools science lab has to double as a home room for this Not all classes are bursting at the seams Bienek The school has about 290 just nine less than this past Bienek said the sixth through eighth grade classes did not have much of a space She said the smaller sized middle school class es could be attributed to students choosing to attend a public or private school with an athletics Some of the kids that want to play high school sports think they have to play in middle she The Catholic school offers students CHRIS Above Kindergarten student Jesse Benavides concentrates on gluing part of his art project Tuesday in Linda Gabbards Art class at Peter and Paul Catholic Below Kindergarten students do pushups Tuesday in Donna Braunes Physical Education class during an exercise routine called chicken Bienek said the prop erty could be used for classroom a a parking lot or a Its a wonderful oppor tunity for Bluebon nets been a really good she Because no definite plans have been made in regard to the Bieneks other concern lies with maintaining the schools fledgling band The band program started this past Christ Under a partnership with Texas Lutheran Col music majors teach the band The college music students work under the guidance of Keith head of TLTJs music This Bienek the program now has an intermediate A new beginning band group will start about basketball and It shares athletic facilities with New Braunfels Middle Were limited with what we can she But to accommodate the elementary school the school and the parish are considering leasing portable buildings to help it expand beyond the gymna she In the both the school and parish are work ing on development of the property Bluebonnet Motors currently occupies on Seguin The car dealership even tually will move to its Inter state 35 location in Bienek When it the property will belong to the Were looking at ways to use that property for every ones Theres lots and lots of brainstorming going she permission to weve had close to four inches of rain in much of the Scheel As long as we keep this wet weather and well be But the first time we have a couple of hundred degree well have to reinstate the Well be watching the weather very At the National Weather Service in New forecaster David Schumach er said there would be a sig nificant although decreasing chance of rain through the Today and he the area is facing a 40 per cent chance of For Saturday through Labor he said he expect ed a 30 percent with increasing periods of sun Itll be returning to a little more typical weather for late August and early Septem Schumacher See Commissioners ready to set 2002 tax rate BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Residents will have the opportunity twice today in public hearings to talk to county commissioners about the proposed tax rate and salaries for next And commissioners will have the same opportunities to make last minute budget should they Comal County will conduct its last two meetings on the proposed 2002 budget and tax rate today at 9 and They are expected to vote to adopt the new million general fund budget at the conclusion of the after noon The which will total million with spe cial fund items such as the county road will Whats WHAT Public hearings on county tax rate and salaries for 2002 WHEN 9 and WHERE Commissioners third Comal County Courthouse 150 Seguin include increased spending this year mandated by the state for 18 new jailers and health care for the It is up million from what the county spent in the 2001 fiscal This years big increases Health care for the See Smith tours work site at Smithson Valley HS BY MARTIN MALACARA Staff Writer SMITHSON VALLEY Wednesdays thundershow ers did little to dampen Lamar Smiths visit to Smithson Valley High Smith toured the high schools new classroom which overlooks the rest of the campus and the sur rounding Hill Smith also visited with Comal Independent School District Superintendent Jim board president John Clay and trustees John Dora Gonzales and Nick The congressman joked that he was late for the tour because he made a wrong turn when entering the I thought I would wind up inside a 12th grade he Smith and district officials got to take a walk through JESSIE Congressman Lamar Smith tours Smithson Valley High Schools construction site Wednesday the 660foot hallway in the new The first floor will house a new band hall and a new Science See Workers finishing efforts to remove mold from schools BY MARTIN MALACARA Staff Writer If students at Arlon Canyon and Mountain Valley Intermediate schools get the they cant blame the Thats because the Comal Independent School District spent the summer removing mold from the three inter mediate CISD maintenance con sultant Roy Linnartz said the along with construc tion environmental engineers and the Texas Department of teamed up to eliminate and prevent the mold from The only thing left for con struction workers to finish See A INSIDE Abby 5A Classifieds Comics 8A Crossword 5A Forum 6A 4A Movies 5A Obituaries 3A Sports 2A Key Code Plane crash victim renews vows in hospital FROM STAFF REPORTS SAN ANTONIO On the 35th anniversary of his wed Jan Klinck regained consciousness long enough to renew his wedding vows to his was the pilot of the private plane that crashed one week ago in Spring He and his brother were seri ously burned in the fire that resulted from the Both men were flown to Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston shortly GARY KLINCK after the They are being treated in an intensive care section of the hospitals burn BAMC public affairs spokes woman N o r m a Gu er r a said Wednesday mornine JAN KLINCK that both m e n remain in critical condition See